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Jamaica Resort Review

Jolly is in Jamaica Mon!

I was invited by The Jamaica Tourist Board to come down to Jamaica and see the country and it’s resorts and beaches for myself. This way I can better place clients at the right resort. You’ve got to get to know the product, and this is a great way…to see and experience it for myself.

I flew into Sangster Airport in Montego Bay this afternoon. Landing here was incredible. The plane flies in low over the ocean, and just when it looks as if you are going to touch down in the ocean…there’s the runway. WOW! That view of the turquoise colored Caribbean waters! We even spotted a giant sea turtle from the plane as we descended.

After processing through Customs and Immigration, we met up with resort reps. I am staying at the beautiful Half Moon Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica. We were taken by bus right to the property. The resort is HUGE! Over 400 acres in all. http://www.halfmoon.com/

About 38 other travel agents are staying here, and we are in The Villas. They are multiple bedroom villas that share a common area. It comes complete with it’s own pool, golf cart, butler, chef, and maid. They cook your meals right in your villa. It’s very open and airy. The bedrooms are air conditioned but the common areas are not…making it quite sticky this time of year.

We had a late lunch at The Pub, which consisted of Smoked Marlin Salad, Jerk BBQ Breast of Chicken served with a garlic and scallion mash and fresh vegys. It was topped off with their award winning Pina Colada Cake and homemade ice cream. (and Jamaica has some great ice cream!) Needless to say, I washed it all back with a Red Stripe Beer on draught. Delicious.

We unpacked, and headed to a Cocktail party for the agents. Free cocktails, canapes, and live music sponsored by the JTB. After this, we went to the Beach BBQ Party. A festive line up of Jamaica specialties like Curried Goat, Suckling roasted pig, garlic steamed crab legs, mahi mahi, jerk chicken, bbq ribs, mussels, and a whole lot of other stuff. An awesome display of tasty food to enjoy on the beach. We ate on linen lined picnic tables by candlelight with the stars shining over our heads. The steel drum band was knocking out some Jimmy Buffett tunes, and the waves were lapping the shore behind us. The perfect setting.

There were also quite a few stage shows to watch there, everything from reggae music, limbo dancers, and fire dancers. It was a great time.

I’m back in our Villa, ready for a new day tomorrow. Frogs are croaking, the pool is lit up, and I’m ready for bed. I’ve been awake for 20 hours and I need some shut eye! Stay tuned for part II.

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Find out more about Jamaica or Half Moon Resort from:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

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All-Inclusive Resorts 101

All-Inclusive Resorts:  Lets Get Started!

I put together an informative series about All-Inclusive Resorts. I will release them over the course of the next month or two.  I hope you find them helpful, and that you will use this information to help guide you in your future vacations. I will also post them on the Jolly Mon Vacations official Blog as well for future reference. If you find that you are ready to try a resort, don’t hesitate to contact me right away. Jolly Mon Vacations is with you every step of the way. Enjoy!
Q:  What is an all-inclusive resort all about?

A:  An all-inclusive resort is a great vacation concept, at a great resort, in a great location, at a great value for what it includes in the price. At most resorts, all-inclusive means it includes most things you would have to pay extra for are included up front. You know the total cost of your vacation up front, which makes saving and planning much easier.

 

 

Q:  What is included in the price?

A:   The things included in a true All-Inclusive (which I will call AI’s) are:Accommodations, meals and snacks, with no exclusions, unlimited drinks, transportation to and from the airport, gratuities at the resort, resort taxes, daily and nightly entertainment, tennis, snorkeling, water skiing (some resorts), sailing, windsurfing, kayaks, paddle boats, swimming pools, hot tubs, scuba diving and lessons (some resorts), exercise/weight rooms, fitness centers, Other amenities may be included depending on the resort and the room category such as room service, golf (greens fees), off-site tours.

 That being said, some AI’s include more than others. Some also have better amenities, better liquors, better food, better facilities, etc.

Q:  How can I determine what resort is right for me or my family?

A:  There are resorts out there geared toward families, resorts geared toward couples, resorts geared toward the ‘uninhibited’, resorts geared to the adventurous…the list goes on. To study all the resort options available to you would take massive amounts of time, and would still be a gamble in your selection.

This is where the well-trained services of a Travel Agent are truly needed. We not only attend classes given by both resorts, countries, and vendors…but we get a chance to visit these resorts and see them for ourselves. This way, we can ‘qualify’ each clients needs and desires to a particular AI resort. Shopping for travel via an internet company like Expedia, or a discounter is just too risky. You won’t get personalized suggestions, and they aren’t going to steer you to the BEST resort for YOU. They will steer you by PRICE to a resort THEY want you to go to.

No matter how you choose to approach this, these are the facts. ‘Buyer Beware’ when it comes to travel. Many people find out THE HARD WAY, and I hope to set you in the RIGHT direction.As with any vacation, expectations and picking the right resort are major contributors to an unforgettable vacation. If this criteria is met, it is hard to find any negatives. At All-Inclusive Resorts every crew and staff member is dedicated to making your resort vacation the best it can be. Call us for help in planning the vacation of a lifetime!

 

Q:  What is not included at an All-Inclusive Resort?

A:  Baggage handling at the airport, some off-site tours, gift shop purchases, most Spa services, and departure tax (depending on the package these can be included). It is a good idea to bring some money for off-site activities. A departure tax of $15 to $30 per person is required in most Caribbean and Mexican airports. These fees are collected when you leave the country.  Most packages now include these taxes, but be sure and ask if the departure tax is included for the particular package you choose.

What’s Next?

In our upcoming editions, we will discuss many more things:

  • What do these resorts offer?
  • Will my kids be bored?
  • We want a quiet, romantic place… where do we turn?
  • What type of entertainment should I expect?
  • What is a realistic price for this vacation?
  • What options are there in accommodations? Is a room just a room?
  • What countries have them that we should consider?
  • Can we get married at a resort? Do they really host weddings?
  • I’ve not been out of the country, what type of ID will I need?
  • How do I go about booking the vacation? Can we lay a deposit?
  • How far in advance should I make reservations?
  • What about hurricanes?
  • …and much more!

 Call Pete at:  218-779-3050 to find out more, or to book an all-inclusive resort today! Email me:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

Your all-inclusive resort and river cruise specialist!

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Destination: Los Cabos, Mexico

Destination:  Los Cabos, Mexico

Where the heck is it?

Los Cabos is located on Mexico’s West coast, at the Southern point of the

Baja Peninsula. Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

Pictured above is the beautiful Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa.
Why You Should Go to Los Cabos  Just visualize yourself in these pictures!

Cabo is well known for its sandy beaches, sunny skies, world-class

Scuba diving locations, championship golf courses, and the distinctive

rocky arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

Commonly called ‘Cabo’, the area consists of a resort area spanning

from the city of Cabo San Lucas to San José del Cabo. The 20 mile resort

area in between is know as ‘the Corridor.’ The Corridor is host to many

luxury resorts and championship golf courses.

 Cabo’s Fantastic All-inclusive Resorts Is that you lounging by the pool?

There are plenty of different accomodations located around Cabo.

Some of the most popular are:  Dreams, RIU, Crowne Plaza, Melia,

Royal Solaris and Barcelo.  Pete is standing by to assist you with

additional information on any of these resorts, and is a certified

Master Agent’ for Dreams, Secrets, Now, and Zoetry Resorts owned

by AMResorts.

 

Activities in CaboHere are some great things to do in Cabo:

  • SCUBA diving/ Snorkeling
  • Whale watching / Dolphins
  • Golfing world-class courses
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Beaches/ Sunbathing
  • Watersports/ Kayaking/ Jet Skiing/ Surfing
  • Horseback riding/ ATVing/ Hiking
  • Culture/ Eco tours
  • Dining / Nightlife / Shopping / Weddings
  • Reconnecting / Making memories
 Where Do We Go From Here? How can I learn more, or book a vacation?

Its simple. Send an email to pete@jollymonvacations.com, or call

Pete at 218.779.3050. Whether you are interested in a resort, a

cruise in Europe, or a trip to the islands…JMV’s is here to help.

There are no fees for our service, so you can’t go wrong.

Why take chances with your hard earned money? The internet is

full of travel scams, and people ready to take your money. It’s full

of misleading information, confusing fine print, and liquidators

with ‘too good to be true’ prices.

You could spend hours on the internet trying to book yourself a

vacation. You could end up with a room facing the dumpster, 

a pool that’s closed for repairs, and food that baked under a heat

lamp. Who will be looking out for YOU? Your discount website?

Sure. Call them when you miss your connecting flight because

of a delay. What will be their response when you reach that call 

center in Pakistan?

Trust in Jolly Mon Vacations. Pete is a trained destination specialist,

an expert in cruise lines and resorts, and is also accredited with IATAN,

which is the International Association of Travel Agents Network. He is 

experienced, well-cruised, and well-traveled. His knowledge, experience,

education and training is invaluable. He will use it to assist you in

finding the best vacation, at the best value for your money. Safe, simple,

complete.

 It’s like traveling with a friend, I’m with you to the end. That’s my

VIP pledge to you.

 PS….JMV’s loves your referrals! If someone you refer books

with us, JMV’s will pay you cash!

 

Contact Us:You can learn more about Jolly Mon Vacations at:

Website:  www.jollymonvacations.com

Email:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

Call Pete at:  218-779-3050

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Cruising: The Benefits

If  you’ve never taken a cruise before, consider the benefits of taking a cruise vacation:

  • Getting there is have the fun! Cruising allows you to enjoy the ride to the destination! Nonstop deck activities, lounging by the pool, dancing the night away, hitting the SPA or a quiet spot with a book. You choose!
  • Cruises are all-inclusive! (or nearly) The price of your cruise covers your lodging, transportation to the destinations, all your food, non-alcoholic beverages and even your activities and entertainment. Some luxury lines include even more, such as alcoholic beverages.
  • On a Cruise You Unpack Once! If you want to visit more than one place, but you can’t imagine lugging around your bags,  packing and unpacking everywhere you go then a cruise is for you. Your stateroom is your floating hotel. You unpack and then you can leave everything on the ship while you explore the latest port of call and then come back on board for dinner, a show, or to rest and relax. Hit the casino, go to a movie under the stars, take in the sunset with your significant other. It’s all about choice…YOUR choice.
  • A cruise gives you a sample of multiple destinations! A cruise is a great option if you are not sure where you want to go. You can choose a region and then narrow it down to one that stops at a few places you may be curious about and have a small taste of the region as a whole instead of being confined only to one country. Get a variety of cultures and scenery all in the same trip.

A vacation is a great way to relax, get away from your stresses, have fun, bond with family and friends, pamper yourself, learn new things, and explore cultures while seeing the world. Whether you spend it on land, or on the sea…it’s all about getting away. A cruise vacation can be a great way to do it.